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Talking Points Submission Guidelines

Talking Points, a peer-reviewed journal, is published in May and October by WLU, the Whole Language Umbrella, a conference of NCTE. Talking Points helps promote literacy research and the use of whole language instruction in classrooms. It provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, students, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. We invite submissions from professionals across the educational spectrum, including classroom teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and educational advocates/activists.

Manuscripts submitted should:

  • be on a topic or issue related to holistic teaching and learning or present theory and/or research that contributes to the knowledge base for holistic, democratic, and inclusive education;
  • be no more than 15 pages in length (standard margins, double spaced, APA format) and, to ensure a blind review, contain no information identifying the author except on an attached cover sheet;
  • be submitted electronically.

To submit a manuscript, register as an author at our online manuscript submission system, Editorial Manager, and then follow the steps to submit your article. Manuscripts are accepted at any time.


Upcoming Themes

May 2018:  Teaching Literacy as a Tool for Social Action:  What Are the Literacy Pedagogies of Protest?

Submission Deadline: Extended to November 15, 2017

This issue is non-themed in nature, and we call for manuscripts on a wide range of whole language topics. We welcome manuscripts that address the use of literacy as a tool for social action, but are also open to various other relevant literacy issues. This may include, but is not limited to, the application of critical literacies, uncovering fake news, investigating ways to empower young learners, or rethinking classroom practices in ways that open spaces for authentic literacy experiences.  



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